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Merger and move for NZ’s Fisher Print

Tuesday, 28 June 2016
By PrintNZ

A Komori machine arriving at the new building

Over 100 years in business and still evolving a�� Fisher Print is a stalwart of the New Zealand printing industry. Founded in 1897 in Feilding, Fisher Print has moved site four times due to growth, before its recent relocation to Palmerston North. This follows a merger with Wickliffe Palmerston North, formerly K&M Print – also over 100 years young.

With 50 staff covering the mid-lower North Island, Fisher Print offers a full range of digital, wide-format, offset and finishing services. They also have an integrated customer ordering portal. Fisher Print are proud of their in-house specialist print finishing department which provides foiling, embossing and die-cutting services.

Komori in the house

From business stationery to full colour marketing collateral, magazines and annual reports, Fisher Printa��s web based ordering system makes it easier for client to order reprints and check job progress.

Site manager Arjen Spekking says producing a quality product is of utmost importance.

a�?We treat all orders as equally important no matter if it is a receipt book, envelope or a corporate profile. When a product leaves our doors, it has been through a strict quality control system so we can guarantee it is of the highest quality.a�?

Fisher Print serves a wide range of industries, with local and nationwide clients. Having outgrown their site in Feilding, it made sense to move to K&Ma��s bigger building to enable future growth, further investment in new technologies and to help increase workplace efficiencies.

Fisher Print have joined many print businesses in investing in more environmentally friendly equipment.

a�?No chemicals are used in pre-press, ita��s all environmentally friendly now,a�? Arjen says. a�?Progress on all jobs can also be immediately checked with a barcode system. On average we have 350+ jobs on the go and we are only growing.a�?

Having been through an apprenticeship himself, both Arjen and Fisher Print are firm supporters of on-job training.

a�?It is very important to have skilled staff – they are the backbone of your company – without them you cana��t survive. With workplace training you can pass on knowledge to the younger ones. This is the best form of training – hands on, learn while you work. Training apprentices is an important issue for the whole printing trade. We need more apprentices and now and we are keen to be part of this for our business.a�?

Arjen enjoys the variety that working in the print industry provides.

a�?Every day is another challenge and no printed job is the same. Every day you learn something new. You might think you have seen everything but there is always something you havena��t come across, particularly with technology changing so quicklya�?

Arjen says having positive and motivated staff is critical to business success.

a�?It is said that people are your most valuable asset. This encompasses both clients and staff alike. Look after them all and they will look after you.a�?

As for the future, Fisher Print intend to maintain their strong focus on quality and investment in modern equipment in order to produce the best possible outcome for their clients.

Colour check printer Craig Evans and print team leader Hamish Finlayson of Fisher Print

 

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